Deej – Robert Rooy

Abandoned by his birth parents and unable to speak for himself, DJ Savarese (“Deej”) found not only a loving adoptive family, but also a uniquely powerful voice through his text-to-voice synthesizer. As he makes his way through high school and dreams of college, Deej confronts the terrors of his past, obstacles to inclusion, and the sometimes-arresting beauty of his own senses. Deej embraces filmmaking and poetry, and discovers what having a voice can truly mean.


“…a giant leap forward in shifting public perception…” – Ari Ne’eman, Co-Founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network


Robert Rooy - Deej

Robert Rooy, Director

Robert Rooy has worked as an independent filmmaker in more than twenty countries creating media with and for international anti-poverty, human rights, and environmental organizations. He is the producer/director of To Our Credit, an in-depth PBS documentary series that explores microfinance as an anti-poverty strategy. Robert has also served as assistant director on more than forty films and television projects, including Lonesome Dove, Honeymoon in Vegas, Minority Report and The West Wing. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama, a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Calvin College and a National MediaMaker Fellowship from the Bay Area Video Coalition.


Thursday February 15, 2018 Bailey Hall, Broward College Davie, FL 7:30 PM ET
Friday February 16, 2018 South Miami-Dade Cultural Center Cutler Bay, FL 8:30 PM ET
Sunday February 18, 2018 Askew Student Life Cinema, Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 5:00 PM ET
Monday February 19, 2018 Tropic Cinema Key West, FL 6:30 PM ET
Tuesday February 20, 2018 Capitol Arts Center Bowling Green, KY 7:00 PM CT
Thursday February 22, 2018 Dixie Center for the Arts Ruston, LA 7:00 PM CT
Friday February 23, 2018 Hearn Stage Alexandria, LA 7:00 PM CT